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2023 Special Topics Workshops

NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT
ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AND INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED AT A LATER DATE

Please check back: Additional workshops, Date Nights, Youth Programming, Events and Exhibitions to be announced.

Applications for Scholarships, Internships, Residencies, and Teen Week will be available in January.
 

Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Many fill quickly and have wait lists months in advance – don’t wait to register! Registrations for onsite workshops should be made no later than 15 days ahead of the workshop start date so that we can count you when making workshop determinations, ordering materials, etc. Touchstone’s onsite workshop determinations are made 14 days in advance of their scheduled start dates, primarily based on the number of participants registered at that time.

 

A processing fee of $25 will be added to 1-5 day onsite workshops.

All workshop participants must be 18 years or older except where indicated.

 

To view a full listing of the Terms and Conditions as part of your enrollment, download the 2023 Participant Guide.

Please review our updated Health & Safety Guidelines* and Cancellation Policy* prior to registering for any workshop.

*Subject to change, check back for up-to-date information. Registered participants will be notified of any changes.

5 DAY WORKSHOPS: JUN 12-16 THROUGH AUG 14-18

JUN 12-16| 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
The Art and Craft of Metal Mesh Sculpture and Basketry
Instructor: Lanny Bergner

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$115 Materials and Studio Fees

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Create biomorphic and geometric sculptural constructions out of metal mesh! You will discover the myriad of form making possibilities by manipulating, cutting, and connecting stainless steel, aluminum, and brass mesh. You will also explore the world of flame painting by using a propane and butane torch to “paint” on stainless steel mesh. The techniques covered in this workshop include wire wrapping, edging techniques, and how to incorporate silicone caulk and glass frit into your meshwork designs.

JUN 19-23| 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Sculptural Wire Weaving
Instructor: Hanna Vogel

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$45-$95 Materials and Studio Fees

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Explore the possibilities of woven wire for sculpture! Using variations on traditional wire basketry techniques, participants will learn multiple weaving techniques to make 
everything from tiny baskets to large scale installations. Particular attention will be paid to pattern and line quality in 3D work. Possibilities for including found objects and mixed media will be covered, as well as how to incorporate wire work into your other studio work. No fibers or basketry experience necessary.

JUN 26-30 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) | EDUCATORS' RETREAT
Giant Puppets for Celebrations
Instructor: Cheryl Capezzuti

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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Learn the art of making giant, lightweight puppets for parades and celebrations with master puppetmaker Cheryl Capezzuti. Participants in this workshop will design and build a giant puppet of their own while learning tricks of the trade to make giant puppets with their students. We'll design, build, papier-mâchè, paint, sew, and assemble our giants together while we explore ways to use puppets to bring joy to our communities. Our week together will end with a puppet parade through the beautiful Touchstone campus.

JUN 26-30 | 5-DAY (MON-FRI) | EDUCATORS' RETREAT
Building a Landscape with Color and Texture
Instructor: Laura Rendlen

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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This workshop is for those who want to explore a variety of mosaic techniques to create a landscape. Beginning with a short presentation and exercises to illustrate general principles, considering perspective, light source and highlights/shadows, you will then work from your imagination. The workshop allows you to discover different textures, color combinations and ways to transition and form relationships with mixed materials. Throughout the workshop, individual attention and tips are provided to help with the technical aspects of mosaics and to guide the successful completion of each project.

JUL 10-14| 5-DAY (MON-FRI)
Finding the Soul of Forgotten Materials
Instructor: Geoffrey Gorman

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$130-$180 Materials and Studio Fees

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This five-day workshop encourages participants to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating a variety of structures and forms using organic, found, and recycled materials. Participants are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest and bring these ideas to the workshop. Using unusual techniques developed by Geoffrey to overcome construction challenges, each participant will complete a variety of forms, something they want to create.

 

Participants will be asked to bring some of their own favorite cast-off materials. This workshop is perfect for beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as intermediate and advanced participants wishing to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. Participants need to be familiar with using hand and power tools such as drills, band saws, and sanders. We will look at selecting and designing pedestals and stands for artwork. We will also learn how to make patinated and painted tin to add age and color to various forms.

JUL 31-AUG 4| 5-DAY (MON-FRI) | NATURE WEEK
Weaving a Handbag Basket
Instructor: April Stone

All Levels
$665 Member | $695 Non-Member
$140-$190 Materials and Studio Fees

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Working with locally harvested and hand processed Black Ash from the forests of northern Wisconsin, participants will develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to free-form weave their own Black Ash basket. Starting with cutting and scraping, participants will begin the process of laying out splint in a twill base. One-round weaving creates the sides of the basket, followed by the finishing of the sturdy rim system. Although a complete basket at this point, the final step concludes with a thoughtfully placed and wrapped splint handle. Measuring approximately 14”x4”x11” (17” at top of handle) when complete and designed to carry a load of up to 10#, each basket will be made slightly different than the next. Some hand strength is needed, and knife skills are a plus.

2-3 DAY WEEKEND WORKSHOPS: AUG 26-28 THROUGH SEP 30-OCT 1

AUG 26-28 | 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Felted, Beaded, and Flat Tapestry Crochet
Instructor: Carol Ventura

All Levels
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member 
$40-$90 Materials and Studio Fees

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A large hook, two wool yarns (one beaded), and loose single crochet stitches will be used to tapestry crochet a flat bead felted bag with a star or a personal design. Then, a cylindrical beaded basket will be tapestry crocheted with a smaller hook, beaded cotton thread, and tight stitches. Each basket thread is loaded with only one bead color, eliminating the need to load beads in a specific color sequence ahead of time! The motif is formed on one side of the fabric by adding a bead to each stitch and on the other side the colored threads echo the image. The last project is flat tapestry crocheted, which, unlike traditional crochet, does not show the back of the stitches on every other row. Along the way participants will learn how to design motifs with three different tapestry crochet graph papers, use a bead spinner to thread beads onto yarn, and block projects with a steam iron.

SEP 2-3| 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)
Needle Felt Basics: A Flock of Feathered Friends
Instructor: Erin Carlson

All Levels
$360 Member | $390 Non-Member 
$60-$110 Materials and Studio Fees

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Learn the craft of needle felting while creating your own flock of wool birds! Participants will closely observe and replicate native Pennsylvanian bird species to practice basic needle felting skills including wool sculpting techniques, surface pattern design, and color blending. This relaxing and forgiving craft yields delightful soft figures from this natural fiber.

SEP 23-25| 3-DAY (SAT-MON)
Tooled Leather Bag
Instructor: Deb Mackie

All Levels
$470 Member | $500 Non-Member 
$130-$180 Materials and Studio Fees

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Make this bag your own, with many colors, designs, and hardware to choose from! Learn how to transfer the basic pattern onto natural undyed leather, cut out the pieces, tool custom designs, and punch stitching and hardware holes. Explore dye colors, finishes, and antiquing methods to bring out the beauty and character of the leather. Finish the bag with a simple saddle stitch, add hardware, and go home with a functional work of art!

SEP 30-OCT 1| 2-DAY (SAT-SUN)
Introduction to Pysanky
Instructor: Jennifer Fleszar

All Levels
$360 Member | $390 Non-Member
Materials and Studio Fees to be determined

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Pysanky are the beautiful and elaborate eggs found in Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian traditions. Learning this centuries-old technique for decorating eggs is easier than you might think! With step-by-step, hands-on instruction, tips, and techniques, you will be taught how to use a stylus called a kistta to write with melted beeswax and dye these intricate pieces of art. Participants will complete every single step from cleaning and preparing the egg, to decorating, to emptying and preserving the egg. No previous experience necessary. Join us to make your own little heirloom, special gift, or keepsake.

Touchstone Center for Crafts prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or association preference. Touchstone Center for Crafts also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to its facilities and programming.

Mission Statement: Touchstone Center for Crafts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Touchstone Center for Crafts condemns all acts of racism, discrimination, and senseless violence. We firmly believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and equality without fear.  As an organization, we commit to listen and learn and to grow. We will continue to work to empower people to use art as a means of expression, a way to build community, and a powerful voice for change.

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